In Summit County, we know that quality early care and learning is critical for young children, families, and the community.  Early Childhood Professionals are the cornerstone of high quality early childhood education. Young children thrive when their teachers and caregivers have the knowledge, skills and supports they need to create positive relationships and respond to individual learning needs.

The Right Start Project is designed to improve quality, availability and affordability of early care and learning for Summit County families. 


The objectives of this project are:

Ensure local working families have safe, quality care for their children,

Attract and retain quality early childhood teachers,

Provide parents with the tools to help them be their child’s first and best teacher,

Prepare our children for future school success!

Right Start Programs

for any questions regarding Right Start Programs, click here.

Salary Supplement

Pay is integral to retaining teachers and caregivers.  Early childhood educators working in Summit County may be eligible for a supplement to their regular salary.  

Click here to learn about eligibility and how to apply!

Apple Tree Scholarship

Early childhood educators in Summit County working toward a credential, 

certificate and/or degree in Early Childhood Education may apply for an Apple Tree Scholarship. 

Click here to learn about eligibility and how to apply!

Quality Improvement Funding

Licensed childcare centers and homes in Summit County can apply for funding to make quality improvements to their program.  

Click here to learn about eligibility and how to apply!


Evidence-based coaching supports the successful application of teaching methods and practices in the classroom. On-site and individualized coaching is available to all early childhood educators in Summit County.

For more information about coaching offered by Early Childhood Options, please contact one of our coaches.

EC Cares

A common challenge facing teachers in Summit County is inadequate access to health benefits.

EC Cares provides access to basic health services at the Summit Community Care Clinic for all early childhood educators in the county.

To find out what is covered by your EC Cares card, click here!

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